Creating a Complete URL Redirect and Error Page Strategy for Your Website Redesign
As is often the case, when you redesign your website there are bound to be some web pages that will be drawn to a new location. That is why it’s very important to have a comprehensive plan for redirecting these pages. When you have a URL rewritten you should have a 301 permanent redirect and these tips should be remembered:
Customizing a 404 Error Page
Using 404s should be kept to a minimum but if you have a few 404s then you should know how to customize the page correctly. The truth is, a 404 can actually be an excellent tool for keeping your users on your website and it can be used for marketing as well.
First you should create new sitemaps both in XML and HTML. Keep your site maps up to date especially during your website redesign. If you are moving new content to another URL, you should ensure this is reflected on your sitemap.
Then make sure you have tracking codes in place. You should have your analytics tracking code in the source page, and your landing pages needs to be tracked with the right codes.
At some point you will experience a drop in your traffic when you redesign your website. However, any major loss is prevented if you simply use a good strategy for your redirects and error pages. Then again there are simply too many great benefits to your website redesign.
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